Research Program: Engendering ICT Policy

Research Program: Engendering ICT Policy - Call for grant proposals

The WSIS Gender Caucus is launching a program of small grants to support innovative research on gender and information communications technologies, during 2004-05. It is anticipated that there will be two rounds of calls for proposals and that the supported research will be completed in time to be presented on Gender Caucus panels at the second World Summit on the Information Society, slated for Tunis, Tunisia in November 2005.


The overall objective of the research program  is to enlarge the knowledge base for gender-sensitive policy on information communications technologies. Projects, which can be related to activities anywhere in the world, are expected to fall into one of the following three general areas:


1.  Documentation, analysis and evaluation of efforts to mainstream gender into ICT policy. This could include a critique of existing initiatives or the documentation of best practices, including the implementation of gender-sensitive ICT policy.


2.  Applications and content. This could include case studies of cultural, social and technical perspectives on ICT policy or political economy-based studies of applications in education, health, e-governance, e-commerce, etc.


3.  Theories and methodologies. This could include the development of conceptual frameworks and methodologies for better understanding and analyzing the relationship between ICTs and gender.


In each of the two rounds, 20 research grants will be made, each to a maximum of US$1000. This total is expected to cover all associated research costs and recipients would be expected to plan their projects accordingly. One half of the grants will be used to support young scholars (female or male) who are currently registered in a higher degree program (masterís or doctoral level). The remaining grants are intended to support university and research center based scholars. Projects that involve collaboration beyond national borders will be considered for slightly higher grants (to a maximum of US$2500).


Successful applicants will receive one half of their grant at the beginning of the project and the remainder when the final report has been received. There will be no exceptions.


Proposals must be submitted by e-mail and must meet the following requirements:


●   clear statement of the problem

●   objectives of the research

●   methodology

●   method of data analysis

●   time line

●   preliminary bibliography


Proposals should be a maximum of five pages. Proposals longer than five pages will automatically be rejected.


An international panel of experts will select the winning proposals and their decisions will be final. In addition to the criteria listed above, the panel will give consideration to regional balance.


To be considered for the first round of research grants, interested parties should submit their proposal to [email protected]  by August 15, 2004. It is anticipated that the first grants will be made by the end of September 2004.

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